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The 2014 NHL Draft left the Carolina Hurricanes with seven players that will, hopefully, create positive contributions to the organization in the future.
The team’s first pick, with seventh overall selection, was Haydn Fleury. The 17-year-old spent the last three seasons playing with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. The skilled defenseman also appears to have some offensive skills, scoring eight goals and 38 assists in his last season with the Rebels.
The Hurricanes also drafted Alex Nedeljkovic, a goalie for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. He was named to first team on the rookie team and was also dubbed the Whalers’ Rookie of the Year. Nedeljkovic had a .923 save percentage in 26 games, along with two shutouts.
Fleury and Nedeljkovic were followed by draftees Warren Foegele in the third round, Josh Wesley and Lucas Wallmark in the fourth round, Clark Bishop in the fifth round and Kyle Jenkins in the seventh round for the Hurricanes 2014 draft picks.
Foegele is fairly unproven, but will continue playing at the University of New Hampshire, and Wesley, a defenseman, is the son of former Canes Glen Wesley. The team also found two centermen in Wallmark, who played with Swedish youth teams, and Bishop. The Hurricanes continued a defensive trend with final pick Jenkins, who can also be somewhat offensive—finishing their addition of some much-needed defense in this year’s draft.
For the most part, these players are fairly young and may not rise quickly to stardom in the NHL. However, it’s likely the players will be on track with the team in a few years, so now it’s time to wait and see how the players pan out and develop for the team.
Writer: Clairissa Baker is a student at Boston University working towards a dual degree in journalism and international relations, and she spends a lot of her spare time following hockey. Clairissa can be reached on Twitter @ClairissaBaker.
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